Re: Byzantine Musical Symbols Questions

From: C J Fynn (
Date: Sun Jan 04 2004 - 12:27:51 EST

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    To form the combinations without using PUA code-points I think you would need
    to use some kind of "smart" font format system like OpenType, Graphite or AAT.

    This is exactly how e.g. Indic scripts work - there is no need of characters
    or code-points for the combining glyph forms of letters or for pre-composed

    - Chris

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Tom Gewecke" <>
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    Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2004 4:56 PM
    Subject: Byzantine Musical Symbols Questions

    > In helping someone work on a font for Byzantine musical symbols (1D000
    > -1D0FF) we noticed that there was no encoding of either precomposed or
    > combining symbols, despite the fact that many or most of them do not occur
    > in isolation. As a result, using these symbols in plain text is not very
    > practical, aside from employing the PUA for the necessary combinations.
    > Chapter 14.10 of TUS 4.0 does note that the manipulation of these symbols
    > is outside its scope. A couple questions:

    > 1) Can anyone provide links to documents that would help better understand
    > how this came about?

    > 2) Are there currently any proposals to add combining versions of any of
    > these symbols to the Standard?

    > 3) Is anyone on the list aware of any markup language or composing
    > applications (any platform) that can use the current encoding to produce
    > Byzantine musical notation?

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